Endomorph Mesomorph Ectomorph

Figure Drawing Ectomorph Drawing Hair Styles

< This natural style tells us that she has more important things to think about than her hair.

Using specific body types when drawing fantasy figures helps to

Character and body types

< Endomorph

1. Softly rounded shape

2. Large belly

3. Small hands

4. Fleshy overall appearance

These figures have a hefty, rounded build, with a tendency to become fat Sumo characters are a perfect example. Endomorphs are used much less often than either mesomorphs or ectomorphs, and commonly appear as secondary characters, usually on the side of evil, in roles where the novelty of their size is fundamental.

Endomorphs can be difficult to draw because their shape is almost entirely dictated by the way their fat distributes itself. This distribution can vary during movement—fat is not anchored to parts of the body and can move around freely r *

The pattern of hair on a character's face and skull can be used to convey personality Look at the thumbnail sketches shown here of stock faces given different types of cranial and facial foliage. Curly hair can make someone look frivolous; straight hair tied tightiy back can make a character seem self-controlled, perhaps even icy, or uncommunicative. Straight hair swept back off the forehead can be used to make someone seem arrogant or bombastic, but add glasses and that person can seem severe or intellectual instead.

Tied sleekly back, then erupting in a tangle, her hair promises that beneath her civilized exterior she's a wild child.

< Choppy, wavy hair makes a character seem fun or frivolous.

< This natural style tells us that she has more important things to think about than her hair.

give visual pointers to the type of character you are portraying. The body shape classification system (somatotyping) recognizes three main types: mesomorph, ectomorph, and endomorph. Use your knowledge of these types with care, giving individual anatomical details to your creations.

Emaciated Endomorph

< Ectomorph

1. Fragile-seeming features

2. Minimal flesh and muscles

1. Heavily boned

2. Compact, robust, square body

3. Well developed muscles

Traditionally, heroes are of this construct, with a compact, robust, muscular body. It makes for good strength and agility and it is an attractive esthetic quality (one that people will admire or desire). In fantasy art a fit and healthy muscular body is associated with the good male protagonist, whereas the bad character usually has one or more physical defects.

When drawing mesomorphs, a good knowledge of the basic muscle groups is essential, as these are always large and well defined. If you want to enlarge your character beyond the realms of reality it doesn't hurt to use a bit of artistic license, adding a few of your own complementary muscle groups around the larger ones.

< Ectomorph

1. Fragile-seeming features

2. Minimal flesh and muscles

These figures are light and slender. Characters who usually fall into this category include females with magical powers, nymphs, vampires, and aged wizards. Attractive female characters appear in ectomorphic proportions, as they normally rely on agility in physical combat, and slenderness in a female is generally regarded as a desirable quality However, wizards have an emaciated phenotype to promote the illusion of age, and to produce a more dramatic effect when they unleash their magical powers.

When drawing ectomorphs, knowledge of the skeleton is crucial, as bones can be visible through the skin. This is especially true of the hands and feet, but the skeleton can also be prominent in the back, the rib cage, and sometimes even the pelvic area.

< Hair swept back off the forehead and clipped sideburns extending to the jaw give a stylish, brooding look.

< An intellectual, often sinister look can be gained by giving your character a beard and a bald pate.

A Romantically shaggy hair that curls around the ears gives him the air of a poet facial flesh

Whatever the basic facial shape, you can alter character by adding facial fat. There are five primary locations where it appears: (1) the side of the nose down to the corner of the mouth; (2) around the jowls; (3) on the chin; (4) beneath the chin; (5) under the eyes.

Ectomorph Anatomy

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